This Thanksgiving, I’m Giving Thanks that I am Black!

This Thanksgiving, I’m Giving Thanks that I am Black!

Hi Meltingpot Readers, There’s a lot of sadness and anger in the United States right now, most of it stemming from the situation happening in Ferguson, Missouri and the continual assault on Black lives. And then if you throw in the pathetic and disturbing downfall of Bill Cosby, as his secret life as a sexual predator comes to light, it’s enough to make any self-respecting Black person want to curl up and hide for the next 100 years or so. There is so much pain and sorrow blowing through our…

Just Because: Remember Jon Secada? He Has A New Book

Just Because: Remember Jon Secada? He Has A New Book

Hi Meltingpot Readers, I’m showing my age here and my deep, abiding love for cheesy pop songs when I confess that there was a time when Jon Secada was the man of my dreams. “Just Another Day Without You” also known as “Otra Dia Mas Sin Verte” was my jam. I mean, think about it. A beautiful brown-skinned man who seemed to be at once both Black and Spanish, of course I loved him and his soulful, Latin-infused, pop music. (By the way, he’s Cuban, which explains the Black/Spanish cultural…

Happy Anniversary!

Happy Anniversary!

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Today el esposo and I celebrated 15 years of marriage. Yes, if you do the math, we partied like it was 1999 on April 3, of 1999. Three kids, several transatlantic flights, two houses, two returns to school, one new career and we’re still here. Together. Marriage isn’t easy. Parenting isn’t easy. Throw in two languages, two different cultures. Two very different personalities and you begin to understand this Kinky Gazpacho life of ours. It’s not always fun and sometimes it’s really, really hard, but, dear readers,…

Videshi Magazine is Here!

Videshi Magazine is Here!

Hi Meltingpot Readers, When you get a chance, hop on over to Videshi Magazine. It’s a super cool new online publication that covers South-Asians / South-Asian Americans in the entertainment industry. It looks spectacular, the articles are smart and, come on, it’s about time something like this existed. The best part is, Videshi is the brain-child of one of my former students at Temple, Jennifer Babu. This was a class project that she has turned into a reality! I am so proud of her. Plus she’s getting noticed outside of…

The Age of Aquarius: Happy Birthday to Me!

The Age of Aquarius: Happy Birthday to Me!

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Today is my birthday! And surprise, surprise I treated myself to lunch in Center City, Philadelphia and an afternoon trolling around different bookstores. It was a truly pleasant day. (stay tuned for Thursdays’ post to hear about the book I bought). But I have to be honest. Just last week, I was kind of dreading my birthday. And I’ll tell you why. I’ve always hated my February birthday. As a kid, because I was a competitive swimmer, a February birthday meant I always aged out of the…

Ms. Meltingpot is in a State of Grace

Ms. Meltingpot is in a State of Grace

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Did you miss me? I missed you all. Really, I did. So much has been happening in my life, so many times I’ve wanted to write but literally couldn’t find the time for much more than a quick Facebook post or a tweet. That’s right, dear readers. I’ve basically only been able to dedicate 140 characters or less to writing these days. So, let me catch you up. But I warn you, I’m about to go a little spiritual and words like God with a capital “G”…

Happy Holidays from Ms. Meltingpot!

Happy Holidays from Ms. Meltingpot!

Hello Meltingpot Readers, I hope you are all having a happy and healthy holiday season. I’m definitely happy, but healthy is proving to be a little bit harder. My whole family, minus son #2, has been hit with a stomach virus, starting three days before Christmas. Thus, I haven’t had a moment to write here. I apologize. And for the record, I probably won’t make it back to the blog before the new year begins. So, just in case, merry, merry to all and here’s to a happy and peaceful…

Am Waiting…

Am Waiting…

Hi Meltingpot Readers, I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. I did. Lots of good food prepared by loving hands and surrounded by family. It was really lovely. Sadly, I can’t get that Turkey-induced high back, no matter how hard I try because I feel like I’m in a perpetual state of waiting. And I just feel stuck. Here’s what I’m waiting for: I’m waiting to see if my book on color bias in America will be purchased by a publisher. I’m waiting to see if I’m going…